Probably not the most exciting topic, Alcohols effect on our body. But something I think is underestimated. Like most things most people know they could do with reducing alcohol intake. Because we know it’s not good for us in loose terms we might not put as much weight behind it as we do with our diet or amount of hours exercising.
Alcohol or ethanol does really have a positive effect on the body part from the temporary buzz. Alcohol is not essential for our survival; it is actually seen as a threat by our body.
Because it is seen as a threat the body prioritises the metabolism of alcohol before any other macronutrient such as carbohydrates, protein and fat. Carbs and fat will be stored for later to be metabolised once the alcohol is gone from the body. This is why Alcohol consumption is such a big factor when it comes to weight loss.
I’m sure you’ve heard of don’t drink on an empty stomach. It’s relevant because it helps to slow down the absorption of alcohol but it Increases the metabolism of alcohol. Which is good since it takes priority over carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Consumption of alcohol at certain levels can have an impact on normal hormone secretion. It can reduce testosterone in men and increase estrogen in both men and women. These changes can impact a reduction in muscles mass which has a link to fat loss or fat stored in the body but also bone density.
Moderate to high consumption of alcohol as been linked to over 200 health Conditions such as but not limited to
Alcohol leads to a decrease of the immune system, it also impairs next day cognitive function. It can have a long term effect if alcohol is consumed in high regular doses. It also has, which many I’m sure have noticed an impact on physical performance.
You might think that you sleep better after having a drink but what it is, is that you tend to fall asleep quicker and have an increase in deep sleep but the growth hormone associated with deep sleep is reduced which has an impact on recovery of the body in general. The important Rem-sleep is reduced when you have consumed alcohol and this part is important for our problem solving abilities, creative thinking and stress management.
To sum it up, alcohols effect on our body is many. Hope this gave some food for though.
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